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To keep away from something
“I try to avoid dark alleys because you never know what could be lurking within.”
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To get out of a situation, usually underhandedly
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“You can't avoid the elephant in the room forever.”
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To get out of the way of
“I quickly jumped to the side to avoid a puppy dog who was running at full speed towards a ball.”
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To consciously evade an encounter with someone
“I try to avoid Alexia as she always says things which make no sense to me.”
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To keep or withhold oneself from something
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“If you'd like to get into shape, I would recommend that you avoid unhealthy food.”
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To take preventative measures
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“You should warm up and stretch before exercising to avoid injury.”
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(rare) To put an end to formally or by law
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“Both parties agreed to mutually avoid their contract and go their separate ways.”
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To dodge something, such as a question, task or duty
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To avoid providing a clear answer or statement
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Run away from a place or situation of danger
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To ban or refrain from using
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To quibble over trivial matters
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To avoid addressing or tackling
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Take it steady
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Abscond or play truant from school or work
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Back down
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Make for
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To fail to hit something aimed at
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To detach or move away (from) someone or something
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To hold or have a negative opinion of
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Feel or express contempt or disdain for
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To delay taking action
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